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Comment Dozen years ago I posted here "TV everwhere" (Score 1) 142

This was before smartphones, youtube, mandatory HDTV broadcast TV and G3. Icould see hints in video podcasts and plasma wall screens. Now that we have video screens everywhere ranging from watches to jumbotrons, the hardware dream has been fully realised. Content distribution still has to catch up. Cable monopoly bundles still dominate. But that is fading.

Comment In Asia, more male college degrees are engineers (Score 1) 363

There are a number of reasons for this: (1) family expectations of males to go into STEM, (2) STEM is more prestigious in Asia than it is in America or Europe and (3) colleges fold near-STEM majors into STEM, e.g. an accountant here might be called some sort of engineer in Asia. I've notice this in all parts of Asia- China, India, Syria, etc. A prime example of this that China's last three presidents have engineering degrees. Only two of the 45 US presidents had engineering degrees (Hoover, Carter).

So my point is that if a lot of educated mideast males are engineers, it is more likely the radicals will be engineers too. I see nothing intrinsic in an engineering degree that would radicalize.

Comment Re:Laptop stuff (Score 1) 491

Also, stop cramming number pads into laptops. It makes keys small/unusable/missing, and it ruins the alignment of the main typing area. Use the space for properly sized arrow keys and actual home/end/pgup/pgdn keys (not via Fn). Thinkpads used to get this right, at least as of T410, I'm not sure if they do any more.

Those who don't need proper keyboards can always get a tablet or something instead. Please make actual keyboards for those few who still use them.

Comment Re: Legality? (Score 5, Insightful) 301

It's simple misdirection - people are asking, "is Yahoo being a dick?" and Yahoo is answering, "it's perfectly legal." Which has nothing to do with the question but many people will fall for it because they [somehow, still, inexplicably, despite all evidence to the contrary] still equate legality with ethics.

n.b. It may be the users who are being the dicks, wanting something for nothing (#include malvertising.h), but that's not the question here.

Comment Re:Novel Idea (Score 1) 354

We would then be a favorable place to have business

The regulations are atrocious too. A sane tax rate is only part of the picture.

It's OK, though - all the multinationals will soon be overseas companies and all the small businesses incorporated here will be hamstrung trying to compete uphill against their size, their tax advantage, and their regulatory advantage, and the fat cats and the DC politicians they own will all be perfectly content.

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. - H. L. Mencken

Comment Re: I would have loved to hear the conversation (Score 1) 116

"the first duty of the State is the continuity of the State."

These are the people running the campaign againt crypto (the reasons you cite are self-evident here). There's a bloody department with that task, yet ignorant apologists for power still live in denial. Oh, well - they won't be prepared for the troubles either; a sadly but soberingly self-limiting problem.

Comment Re: And people on slashdot give a shit, why? (Score 2) 162

It doesn't matter if you give a shit - it only matters if you view ads and post comments. You've done your part for the day to encourage such stories.

But topically, there's a subset of IT where you're supposed to "understand" that you shouldn't ever expect to be a good father, spend meaningful time with your kids - "because you're in IT". That's not importance, it's abuse. Many nerds who don't know how to stand up for themselves could use a role model like TheZuck to point to. In my limited experience, the people who most detest him are those who waste their time on his site (projection).

Use the Force, Luke.